Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten and Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt today announced the Babinda Police Station will provide other government services under the Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP).
Mr Schwarten said from this week local people would be able to access a variety of government services through the Babinda QGAP.
Mr Pitt said: “Already the Babinda Police Station provides services for the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
“These will be expanded to include service from the Office of Fair Trading, Department of Justice and Attorney General, Office of State Revenue and Office for Seniors,” Mr Pitt said.
“Commonwealth services from the Australia Taxation Office, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs also will be offered.”
Mr Pitt said it was great to be able to return a QGAP service to Babinda.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without reaching agreement with Queensland Police and it is another great example of Police serving the people of Queensland in more ways than one,” he said.
“QGAP was previously operated through a commercial organisation in Babinda, which unfortunately closed its doors recently.
Mr Schwarten said he would like to acknowledge the enthusiasm of the Babinda Taskforce in offering to provide the service in the area.
“While we greatly appreciate the efforts of the Babinda Taskforce putting their hand up to be the service provider, discussions with both the Babinda Taskforce and Queensland Police concluded that the Babinda Police station is better positioned to offer the business and counter service operation,” he said.
Queenslanders can conduct a range of transactions or get information through Smart Service Queensland at www.qld.gov.au, by phoning 13 13 04 or at one integrated service counter, which is currently represented by Queensland Government Agent Program.
Hearing-impaired customers can contact Smart Service Queensland through the National Relay Service on 13 36 77.